After the flooded Guns n’ Roses show in Rock in Rio (wich by the way was great if you take in consideration the weather…fuck the haters) the Gunners are headed to Santiago Chile, for the second of their South american tour date! Be ready to rock Santiago!
Movistar Arena, formerly known as Arena Santiago is a multipurpose theater located in Santiago, Chile, located inside O’Higgins Park, in downtown Santiago. It was built from unfinished “Estadio Techado Parque O’Higgins” and designed to accommodate sporting events, trade, culture and leisure, with a capacity of 12,000 fixed seats, four balconies with boxes, and 3,000 people standing on the central court, 1,500 parking spaces, air-conditioning, lifts and disabled access.
The total area of the stadium is 44,000 square meters, of which 31,000 are from the arena itself, which has a dome located 45 meters high and a 4-sided electronic scoreboard so people can see from all over the results of sporting events that are taking place, and first-level dressing rooms, plus conference rooms and cafeterias, among others, which make it one of the largest multipurpose indoor arenas in South America.
It was designed and conceived by Mario Recordón in 1956 with the name “Metropolitan Indoor Stadium” for the coliseum to be held in the World Basketball Championship 1958. However, the money earmarked for his term was to give the remodeling of the National Stadium, with a view to achieving the World Cup 1962 to be held in Chile. The room was plunged since the total neglect, welcoming the homeless sector and being a silent witness to many criminal acts nearby.
During the term of Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle was decided to complete a good time with that “White Elephant” (then called Dome Parque O’Higgins). The work was completed by Hiller Investments, which received the grant through the Ministry of Public Works for 20 years.
The new stadium of Santiago was symbolically opened March 7 in 2006 by outgoing President Ricardo Lagos. The stadium was officially inaugurated on April 15 that year, being available for community use. Several presentations and concerts have been performed on the premises.
In 2008, the administration of the Arena Santiago signed a contract with Movistar Chile to the assignment for 16 years the name of the compound, which was renamed as Movistar Arena.
Santiago , also known as Santiago de Chile, is the capital and largest city of Chile, and the center of its largest conurbation (Greater Santiago). It is located in the country’s central valley, at an elevation of 520 m (1,706.04 ft) above mean sea level. Although Santiago is the capital, legislative bodies meet in the coastal town of Valparaíso, 120km to the west.
Chile’s steady economic growth has transformed Santiago into one of Latin America‘s most modern metropolitan areas, with extensive suburban development, dozens of shopping centers, and impressive high-rise architecture. It has a very modern transport infrastructure, including the steadily growing underground Santiago Metro, an effort at modernizing public bus transport and a free flow toll-based ring road and inner city highway system, part of which is tunneled underneath a large section of the city’s main river Mapocho connecting the Eastern and Western end of the city in a 25-minute drive. Santiago is the regional headquarters to many multinationals and a financial center. Santiago has a diverse,cosmopolitan culture.